A new intergenerational learning project to combat social isolation is being piloted in Nottinghamshire.
The Inter-Generational Unity Project, run by Nottingham-based not-for-profit Infused Learning, is designed to reduce loneliness among pensioners living in care homes during the coronavirus pandemic by getting them involved in online activities with young people. The project has been made possible thanks to funding from Comic Relief, UnLtd and the Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Young people, aged 9 to 16, will be selected from participating schools to create a set of online themed resources for activity sessions that will then be delivered to elderly residents in different care home settings. Coordinated by mentors and academic tutors, the themes include art, local history, theatre, singing, story-telling, mindfulness, games, and physical exercise. The project is fully funded, insured, and managed by Infused Learning including any material costs involved. Participating school children will also get the opportunity to complete a Level 1 Award in Personal Potential as part of the project.
The project will be run as a pilot scheme in Nottinghamshire this February, before hopefully being taken nationwide next year. The aim is that it will have a positive impact on over 1,000 young and older participants and will be able to reach hundreds more in the future when an online platform is created to share the activities with care homes on a wider scale.
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